Obituary of Michael Lloyd Mansfield
MANSFIELD, Michael Lloyd – At Victoria Hospital, London, Michael Mansfield died with his family by his side on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the age of 40. Loving husband of Lindsay (nee Sinclair). Cherished father of Brooke, Chloe, Xavion Sinclair and Memphis Mansfield, Petrolia. Beloved son of Lloyd and Sydney Mansfield, Sarnia. Dear brother of Michelle Currie and her husband David, Sarnia. Son-in-law of Julie and Kevin Simpson, Chatham and brother-in-law of Ryan Simpson and Rick Gibbons. Best friend of George Katalifos. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Micheal was a loving father, husband, friend, son, brother, chef, professor, mentor and so much more. One thing Michael loved more than anything was being home with his family. Whether it was relaxing on the couch after a long day or working on one thing or another, Michael always made it fun and taught someone something along the way. No matter the work that needed to be done, there was never a mountain too big for him! With a smile on his face and a hammer in his hand, he was off to find a way to fix the problem.
Michael was always the glue that held everyone together and the best support person a family could have asked for. Whether it was family or friends, Michael was always there for everyone and would do everything in his power to make you smile. If you had a bad day, you called Michael, because you knew that a quick conversation would be enough to solve the day's problems. If you wanted to share your accomplishments, you called Michael, because he was just as proud of you as you were of yourself. Michael’s love went beyond family; it reached to every single person he considered a friend.
Aside from family, Michael’s passion consisted of teaching others about food and cooking. He graduated from the prestigious Stratford Chef School and earned the esteemed Red Seal Chef designation. His love for food and cooking was shared with the community as he catered private events, taught specialty cooking classes, and also worked as executive chef in some of the most recognized restaurants in Lambton County. He was well-respected by his industry colleagues and will be deeply missed, especially by the students and faculty at Lambton College, where he instructed in the Culinary Management program.
Michael had a love for hockey and was an excellent goalie. He played for many years for Watford Minor Hockey and the Parkhill Stars until an injury forced his retirement from the game. Later, he reprised his enthusiasm for the sport as he loved coaching his sons and their hockey teams as well as enjoying the excitement of traveling for tournaments.
Michael was a harness horse racing enthusiast who owned several horses. He had the ability to sweep you up and carry you along for the ride with his infectious excitement for the sport. He also really liked country music and always had a ball at the Faster Horses concerts he attended with his wife and friends on a regular basis. Michael knew how to have a good time!
Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation to honour Michael will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. In accordance with current COVID 19 restrictions, please note that masks/face coverings are mandatory. You may experience wait times as maximum visitors at one time and social distancing will be strictly enforced. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Canadian Mental Health Association, 210 Lochiel St., Sarnia, ON N7T 4C7 or Diabetes Canada, 1-940 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, ON N7S 5C4. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael Mansfield, please visit Tribute Store